The best Christmas gadget gifts and tech toys for kids

There’s nothing like the excitement of Christmas morning. Gobbling up the last Advent chocolate. Draw the curtains to check for snow. Hurry downstairs to see what tech toys Santa has brought. And all this before sunrise.

But even though you might be the biggest kid in the house, at some point the sprogs can come first. At that point, your Yuletide duty is limited to yelling “he was, he was, he was”, before demolishing an entire chocolate orange while jealously watching your offspring tear up their presents.

You don’t know what to hide in their stockings? From fitness bands to childproof tablets, these Christmas tech toys should make your role as Santa’s helper a whole lot easier – and keep the little ones busy while you whip up a consoling Buck’s Fizz.

Our pick of the best Christmas tech toys for kids

Belkin Soundform Nano

If you know all the words for baby shark then you probably should have bought your headphone clip a long time ago – and with these Bluetooth headphones you can save your own ears from sonic torture while knowing that the little ones are protected. They have an 85 Db volume limiter, offer five hours of playback with another 19 stored in the charging case. They’re also water and sweat resistant, so hopefully they won’t need replacing by January.


Technological Christmas toys for children: Toniebox

The kids might love your big stories, but telling the one about the pineapple talking for the tenth time might make you as sleepy as they do. Give your vocal cords a rest with Toniebox. Place a Tonie figurine on top of the box and the story will begin. There’s a whole cast of characters available, from Simba to Lightning McQueen, each with a thread to spin. You can also record your own stories, so they can hear your Pineapple Pete spiel over and over.

Christmas tech toys for kids: Lego table football

Lego has listed its new foosball set as suitable for ages 18 and up, but we think that just means you have a great excuse to help the kids put it together. The 2339-piece set is both buildable and playable, with each minifigure team having a goalkeeper, two defenders and two forwards. 12 more fill the separate stand, because what’s the point of scoring a last-minute Worlds if there aren’t plastic people to see it?

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro

Christmas tech toys for kids: Amazon Fire 8 Pro tablet

Giving a youngster a tablet doesn’t have to require them to spend four hours watching in a row Minecraft videos on YouTube. Amazon’s trusty Fire HD 8 tablet has been beefed up for 2022, and the education-focused Kids Pro variant is more feature-packed than ever. Aimed at school kids aged 6-12, it comes with the usual childproof case, plus a two-year warranty in case it fails to protect. It also includes a year of Amazon Kids+, which provides access to a mountain of age-appropriate apps, games, books, videos and more from Disney, National Geographic and Lego. Which should keep them both silent and clever.

Mini Yoto

Christmas tech toys for kids: Yoto Mini

This delightfully tactile little speaker is the perfect way to entertain curious kids while mom and dad tackle the turkey. Audiobooks come in the form of physical cards that you insert into the top of the device, which can then be listened to through the built-in speakers or with headphones through the 3.5mm jack. As mini as it is, the Yoto offers all-day battery life, so it’s perfect for long journeys.

Dinosaur Jurassic World Real FX

Christmas Tech Toys for Kids: Jurassic World Real FX Dinosaru

Jurassic World Dominion wasn’t a great movie, but at least it inspired a very cool toy that’s sure to terrify grandparents this Christmas. This life-size dinosaur looks, sounds and feels like a baby velociraptor. Controlled using a RealFX pistol grip controller mechanism built into the fingertip glove, it responds to touch and features 20 sound effects. But like my grandmother’s dodgy dentures, it can’t really gnaw at things.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Christmas tech toys for kids: Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite isn’t the newest Nintendo Switch, or the best version of the console you can buy, but its small size makes it the best choice for small hands. And since it’s a purely portable console, that means sprogs won’t be hogging the TV when you want to watch. Pastry shop. With a phenomenal library of kid-friendly games that keeps growing, it’s a no-brainer for Christmas.

Sphero Indi

Christmas Tech Toys for Kids: Sphero Indi

Computational thinking will help your toddler go far. The problem is, it’s hard to teach coding skills without, well, a computer. Sphero’s tiny Indi robot hides its educational abilities in a friendly, four-wheeled form. The set comes with 30 colorful cards that trigger different actions when the robot hovers over them, stealthily teaching kids the basics of problem solving, with no screen in sight.

Xplora XGO3

Christmas tech toys for kids: Xplora XGO3

Jealous offspring of your Apple Watch? This kid-friendly ticker makes a pretty good impression, but limits the feature set to mobile communication with pre-selected contacts, safety-focused GPS, a camera, and a step counter. Mum and dad can activate a school mode to stop youngsters messing with emojis in class, while an IP68 rating protects the smartwatch from water damage when they forget to take it off for the hour of the bath.

Tamagotchi Pix Party

Christmas Tech Toys for Kids: Tamagotchi

The Tamagotchi has come a long way since the early 2000s. Of course, kids will always raise a virtual pet from egg to adulthood, but nowadays the screen is full color, the buttons are touch-enabled, there’s a built-in camera for capturing memories, and most importantly, they can invite guests over for a Tamagotchi party. The devices are linked using QR codes and there are 17 different games to amuse digital animal friends.

Kikkerland Huckleberry Build Your Own Motorboat

Christmas tech toys for kids: build your own boat kit

It’s easy to impress today’s kids with gadgets we didn’t even have the imagination to dream of when we were their age, but sometimes the simple things are always the best. All that’s in the box here is a no-fuss waterproof motor with a two-bladed one-way propeller. It’s up to them whether they attach it to cardboard, a bottle or a wooden board, but the end result is a boat. A built-in battery makes assembly easy, while there’s only one button to push to go full speed ahead.

Fitbit Ace 3

Fitbit Ace 3: junior activity tracker for kids

Most children are always on the move. If you can get them to sit still long enough to attach that tracker, they’ll know exactly how many minutes they’ve been active. Built-in modes include sprog-friendly tricks like trampolining and jumping, while the stepping goal should keep them busy as they run to hit the target. There’s no GPS, but the Ace 3 is pool-proof and its battery will last up to eight days between charges, which is longer than even the most energetic offspring can keep zooming.

Build your own pinball machine

Kit Build your own pinball machine - a DIY play set for kids

Normally, you would need exceptionally deep pockets if you were thinking of getting a child interested in pinball machines. But it’s not a six-figure restoration from the 80s. Instead, it’s an eco-friendly tabletop version that they build themselves. Everything you need is included, including the rubber bands that power the fins, and each cardboard piece is pre-cut, so you just need to squeeze them as you build. And the best part? No carpet demolition glue needed.

Hot Wheels Rainbow Road

Rainbow Road Raceway – a Hot Wheels playset for young Mario fans

Rainbow Road has always separated the good Mario Kart pathetic amateur players, and we can only assume it does the same for Hot Wheels. The eight-foot-long recreation of the legendary go-kart racing game’s most infuriating track features five rainbow-colored lanes that can be straight or curved, and comes complete with Mario die-cast karts and King Boo. A five-runner pack is sold separately if you want to get the whole family involved.

VTech Kidizoom Duo 5.0

Vtech Kidizoom – a rugged camera for junior photographers

Today’s kids pinching smartphones are probably baffled by a device that only exists for taking pictures, but if you want to introduce them to digital photography, Vtech’s Kidizoom Duo 5.0 is the gateway device. ideal. Aimed at kids ages 3-9, it takes 5-megapixel snaps viewable on a 2.4-inch color screen, has 4x digital zoom, and even records video. Filters and effects can be added to the snaps, as all kids should be well prepared for Instagram.

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